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NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS FLORIDA SUNSHINE TOUR

NASHVILLE SONGWRITERS FLORIDA SUNSHINE TOUR

TOWN CENTER MAIN STAGE | SATURDAY & SUNDAY

During the 2019 Grand Wine Tastings, the top songwriters from Nashville performed their hit songs as part of the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s (FRLA) Nashville Songwriters Florida Sunshine Tour. This entertainment was sponsored by FRLA and VISIT FLORIDA, in conjunction with BMI Nashville.

2019 PERFORMERS INCLUDED

Aaron Barker

Aaron Barker

Aaron Barker was born in San Antonio, Texas, and began his musical career in a “variety band”. He stayed with his band for many years and played everything from Bob Wills to Bob Seger.

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Driving his bus from place to place, he began playing with original melodies and lyrics hoping to create his own songs. His first attempt, “Baby Blue,” recorded by George Strait on the If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin’ album, went number one in Billboard. Not knowing what this meant to his future, Aaron continued to work in the band and played songs for anyone who would listen.

Aaron began developing his own sound, and refining his original material in small clubs and cafes where he would play on weekends. One night after a long father and son talk, he wrote “Love Without End, Amen.” Believing this would be a song that he would play for his family, Barker decided to see what would happen if he sent it to George Strait. Strait recorded it and it stayed at the number one position in Billboard Magazine for five consecutive weeks.

Barker also wrote Strait’s # 1 song “Easy Come, Easy Go“and Lonestar ‘s “What About Now”. His songs have also been recorded by Doug Supernaw, Clay Walker, Neal McCoy, Aaron Tippin and Willie Nelson.  Barker turned “Love Without End, Amen” into a book in 2002.  He was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters’ Hall of Fame in 2007.

Aaron says “These are real stories about real life, I’ve lived a lot of life and I also drawn on the lives of people I have crossed paths with.” His background and the knack for honest, heartfelt communication has molded Aaron Barker into a songwriter of depth and power, as well as making him a dynamic entertainer.

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Gurufish

Gurufish

A funk/pop explosion with an extra tasty touch of glam. Unforgettable melodies fused with galvanizing grooves give birth to songs that will make your whole body smile…

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“Sexy, funky-as-hell, pop music” is what critics are saying about Gurufish (Ear Magazine). Electrifying audiences everywhere with their own provocative blend of pop, funk and soul, Atlanta’s Gurufish is best known for their high-octane live show, fueled by irresistible melodies wrapped around hypnotic, funky grooves. After a great start to the year with a sold out showcase at SXSW, Gurufish was listed by PASTE Magazine as one of the 25 Georgia Bands You Should Listen to Now. They were also honored with the distinction of being recognized by the GA Music Awards as Georgia’s Best R’nB/Funk Band and recently appeared as featured performers on the WB network’s “The Originals”.

Founded by singer/songwriter/producer Jimmy St. James, Gurufish performs live as an 8 piece ensemble with Matty Haze on guitar, Steve Dixon on drums, Trey Williams on bass, and a full horn section.They are currently playing dates in support of their critically acclaimed release,”Mohair Supreme”, while recording and preparing for a new release in the spring of 2018. Gurufish has shared the bill with such prestigious acts as: Meaghan Trainor, Colbie Caillat, Parliament/ Funkadelic, The Flaming Lips, Boys 2 Men, The Brand New Heavies, Mother’s Finest,Cowboy Mouth, Nikka Costa, Derek Trucks, Galactic, Cypress Hill, Ghostland Observatory, P.M. Dawn, The Spin Doctors, The White Stripes, LMFAO, KC & the Sunshine Band, The Isley Brothers, and Foreigner.

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Tim James

Tim James

That’s the word you hear Tim James say most often when discussing his music career. And when you hear him pick up a guitar and play a song, you realize he has, in fact been blessed with a unique ability to weave beautiful yet simple details into the narrative of a song

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Having grown up in the shadows of Music City in nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee, James was within a stones throw of the country music capital of the world. Yet he took a much more circuitous route to becoming a hit writer in Music City. After a 10 year stint in L.A. playing clubs and writing songs, James moved back to Tennessee and signed his first publishing deal at an age when most writers have either had success or moved on from the music business. “I was 37 when i signed my first deal, 40 when i had my first cut and 41 when i had my first #1 song” says James. That song turned out to be the 5 week #1 song, “My List”, recorded by Toby Keith. “My List” went on to be the most played song of the year in 2002 and has since been on albums that have sold over 10 million copies. That opened the doors to Music City and for James, there’s been no looking back. Cuts by Montgomery Gentry, Alabama, Chris Young, Buddy Jewel, Craig Morgan, Point Of Grace, Lee Ann Womack and others followed. Receiving an ASCAP award for “It’s Good To Be Us” by Bucky Covington and a BMI award for “Holler Back” by the Lost Trailers, James says the awards he didn’t win were the most satisfying. “I was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Country Song in 2009 for “All I Ask For Anymore” by Trace Adkins”, says James. “And just to be able to go back to L.A. and attend the Grammys was an all-time highlight” he says. In 2011, James was nominated for the ACM Song Of The Year with “Love Like Crazy” recorded by Lee Brice. “Love Like Crazy” still stands as the longest running song in the history of the Billboard Charts.

Singles such as “He’s Mine” by Rodney Atkins followed with James once again topping the charts in 2013 with “Give It All We Got Tonight”, George Strait’s 60th Number One song. In 2015, James, Darius Rucker and Rivers Rutherford wrote 2 songs, “So I Sang” and the title track “Southern Style” for the #1 album “Southern Style” by Darius, and most recently wrote the Chris Stapleton song “Either Way” from the Grammy-winning Album Of The Year, “From A Room, Volume 1”.

Known for his heartfelt lyrics and attention to detail, James continues to write song after song after song, believing his best is yet to come. His sense of humor and his connection to an audience make him a sought after performer year after year. “I believe in chasing the dream” says James. “When i quit my day job, people told me i shouldn’t quit my day job” he says. With a determination unmatched and a passion for great songs, Tim James continues to make the dream a reality.

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Earl Bud Lee

Earl Bud Lee

Earl Bud Lee has been writing songs for over 30 years in Nashville. You know his songs! “Friends in Low Places” was recorded by Garth Brooks (1991) and Co-written with Dewayne Blackwell.

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 It was one of the top five country songs of all time! It is still enjoying regular radio play over twenty years later. “One Night at a Time” was also recorded by George Strait (1998) and Co-written with Roger Cook and Eddie Kilgallon. “Who Are You When I’m Not Looking” was recorded by Blake Shelton (2011) (co-written with John Wiggins) and became another number one hit in March of 2011. Numerous other cuts, beautiful story songs, and funny anecdotes. You will enjoy your time with Earl Bud as much as he will with you.

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Megan Linville

Megan Linville

When Megan is not writing songs with some of Nashville’s most prolific hit songwriters, she is either performing at one of the city’s landmark venues, hop-scotching across the country on acoustical gigs or traveling with her band and delivering spirited performances while showcasing her strong vocals.

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 Megan’s songs are being played on radio stations around the world and she has been featured in several publications including CountryStarsOnline.com. In 2007, her Freshman album was recorded at the famed Cash Cabin Studio under the production of Grammy winning John Carter Cash. This initial CD was comprised of songs all co-written by Megan. She has also performed main-stage with well-known country artists Jason Aldean, Phil Vassar, Heidi Newfield, The Byrds and many others.

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Danny Myrick

Danny Myrick

A little bit muddy water Mississippi, a little bit California beach bum, Danny grew up playing, singing and writing for his family gospel band while being consumed with 70’s FM radio.

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A little bit muddy water Mississippi, a little bit California beach bum, Danny grew up playing, singing and writing for his family gospel band while being consumed with 70’s FM radio. He achieved his first #1 gospel song as a writer at age 17 before moving to Nashville and spending the 90’s singing lead in country rock band, Western Flyer. After Western Flyer disbanded, Danny’s vocal talent lead to singing 100’s of songwriter demos as well as adding background vocals to numerous albums by the likes of Blake Shelton, Montgomery Gentry and Keith Anderson before focusing on his passion for writing songs. As a writer, Danny’s musical diversity has led to cuts by artists ranging from Tim McGraw to Joe Cocker and he has celebrated numerous hit songs, including Craig Morgan’s “International Harvester” Tim McGraw’s “Truck Yeah” and 2009’s most played country song, “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean. In addition to Billboard Top 5 song “I Love This Life” with LoCash, Danny is enjoying success with Old Southern Moonshine Revival, Maddie & Tae, Gloriana and Dean Alexander.

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Bridgette Tatum

Bridgette Tatum

It’s hard to deny the pure talent and passion for her craft that is clearly the driving force behind many of artist Bridgette Tatum’s high profile career milestones.

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 In 2009, this native of Florence, South Carolina, co-wrote the Most Played Song on Country radio stations across the United States. A tremendous achievement for any songwriter, the song, “She’s Country” (recorded and released by Platinum-selling country superstar Jason Aldean), held the #1 position on the chart for two consecutive weeks, reached two million plays, and out sold every genres ringtones, all of which are rare accomplishments, as well. In 2010, Tatum’s song, “Loud” was selected as the Official Theme Song for ACC Football’s 2010 Season. This fast-paced anthem celebrates the excitement and energy of ACC Football, captured in a raucous music video that was seen in all ACC Markets, resulting in exposure for Bridgette totaling over 27 million households.

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